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for the world economy if they do. >> what about the drama around ben bernanke. he was confirmed for a second term in the senate as chairman of the federal reserve. was it justified? is that deserved? separate three, fed kept interest rates unchanged. any surprises? >> well, it would have been pretty scary if they hadn't confirmed him. i mean, what it would say is congress wants to run the fed. there are other good candidates but ben has done a great job the last year especially, and it just wouldn't have been good for congress or for the institution if he wasn't. >> laura? >> i agree completely. this has been tied up with discussions that many members of congress have about really trying to weaken or take power away from the fed. >> are you concerned about the independence of the fed? >> i am. i am absolutely. >> why? tell me. >> congress got a look at what it can do. congress knew it could set interest rates but oh, my gosh they can print a couple trillion dollars of debt. they can buy consumer loans. we don't want someone to have that kind of power. so it makes them want to get in on that
an exit strategy to tighten credit once the economy picks up. chairman ben bernanke outlined what the fed could do but not when it would do it. the move would include raising the discount rate was what the fed charges for loans it makes directly to banks. it could also boost the interest rates it charges on excess reserves. money that they keep at the fed. that would give banks more incentive to keep money there and less incentive to lend which, of course, would in turn, increase consumer rates and slow down lending and the economy. earning season is slowing down but two consumer giants reported this week. consumer giant disney beat analysts' expectations while coca-cola met analyst's predictions. even though the debt crisis in europe may sound obscure, it's important to america and the markets in the u.s. to explain why and what could happen next, the ceo and co-cio of pimco, the world's largest bond fund. muhammad, always wonderful to have you on the program. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, maria. >> let's talk about these concerns about the debt in greece which, of course, has
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